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Thank you for your excellent website. So much good information for people with similar interests and aspirations. I wish I had found you sooner!
From my early teens I remember the distinct pleasure from seeing ladies dressed and belted in mackintoshes and PVC coats especially with the collars fully up. Long boots going inside the coat was a bonus to behold. My teenage experiences started with a young lady friend who was four years older. We both had gaberdine rain coats and we enjoyed wearing them them whilst riding our bikes and going for walks.
The enjoyment was most noticeable when we were strict and our coats properly worn and adjusted and riding through the country side. We used to stop and re-adjust our coats to maintain that close restriction feeling. So much enjoyment growing up!
As time progressed I became interested in motorcycle clothing. This offered a variety of comfort, security and yes--restriction in exiting ways. I visited a shop in our town that specialised in all sorts of riding gear and waterproof clothing. Riding Macs are also exciting garments when worn correctly. I visited this shop twice and was served by the same kind lady both times and she helped me and I think understood what I was trying to achieve. We agreed I should purchase a Riding Coat two sizes larger than really required. The length was full and the coat had marvelous features which included a large storm collar with a large flaps to go right across the chest and also the chin,leg straps and a tummy pad to take up the skirt of the coat. The lady in the shop helped me understand and become familiar with all the features. I felt good dressed in a strict way, very warm and quite excited. I think this must have shown on my face!
I also purchased a pair of fleece lined long motorcycle boots to help complete my new found delights. I did not have a motorcycle and did not intend to get one. I started to experiment with dressing and walking out so that I could enjoy the weather and the feelings. The coat being extra large and quite heavy allowed me to think of what to wear underneath as extra protection and as a discipline.
I purchased a long PVC Burgundy colour PVC coat and a Long black shiny mack at second hand shops. Both coats had good belts and collars and were now a part of my new adventure.
Shortly after this I saw an advert in a local shop for a Ladies Motor Cycle Coat. Yes,i made an appointment and visited the lady owner of the coat. The lady helped me to use the features of the storm collar,leg straps,tummy pad and belt in order that it be done correctly and said that we would have lots of fun and enjoyment wearing the coat. Was she right!
The thought of wearing two coats was so incredible and quite by chance I met a very nice lady who very rapidly wanted to become a part of my strict dressing code. We developed different ideas and themes and always went out to try them out. We even went on occasions to a large departmental store fully dressed, booted and feeling great with our coats really in the dress code mode.
Back to the two macks. When I got the opportunity I wore both and so much enjoyed the comfort and excitement. Difficult to describe in adequate terms.One day I purchased a second hand large black motorcycle coat in a rubberised and I think hide material and that now gave me other options. I was able to take my original coat and tape up the hem and shorten the skirt length by some 3-4 inches. This meant that when the new black coat was on top of my other coat and properly adjusted with storm collar, leg straps and tummy pad the restriction and dress code took on another level of excitement and great pleasure as you might imagine. My friend would dress in the other coat on top of either the PVC or black shiny coat (also tried all three) and with great glee would lead me to the outside world to let people see how happy we were.
Yes,many a head would turn as you might expect and a lot of people looked as though they wanted to talk, ask questions and perhaps felt a common theme with themselves. This was very true quite often with ladies dressed in serious code with belted macs, suitable head and face gear and of course quite often with those boots as well.
If, Lorraine, you publish this letter(and I hope you do) I will follow up later on the topics of how we found touch, smell and colour of these wonderful coats such a turn on and I hope your readers also get a buzz. Nobody should miss out on the experiences and next time I will tell you a bit about two other lovely coats and, yes, that Riding Mack as well.
In addition I perhaps will need to touch on suitable head cover and how that played a part in our walk about in inclement weather.
If any one would like to discuss this whole area I would be pleased to try and oblige-----with of course Lorraine's permission.
Thank you again Lorraine for your website and tremendous work.
Very interesting letter - thankyou! It's sounds as though you have been very fortunate in finding partners on the same wavelength.
Of course we would all like to hear more! Your trouble would be much appreciated.
One thing I would like to know: is there a connection do you think between the sort of reward you are telling us about here and the pleasure of the motorbike? It's very striking that you yourself don't bother with the bike bit - maybe it's a different thing altogether?
Thanks again for writing.
Thank you for publishing my recent letter, in fact my first letter. It is good to be able to share information and experiences when these can possibly give some pleasure and maybe some food for thought to appreciative people.
You asked me in your reponse a very good question and I will try to answer that for you the best I can. Here goes!
Riding coat disciplines provide a superb personal secure and warm feeling for both riding and walking out. This is an extention I think of the strict gaberdine mac dress code that was so wonderful as a teenager with all those associated early life pleasures I mentioned before.It was such a natural way forward to experiment and seek ways to achieve even greater and also new feelings with a variety of exciting weatherproof clothing and materials with distinctive looks, aromas and of course feel to the body.
The discipline developed well beyond motorbikes but the clothing remained largly the same and provided the same identical restraints and pleasures in all senses.
Add then the dimension of a partner who was really quite strict and made very certain that our dress code would pass public inspection. It was often subjected to just that! The story continues.
We accepted the need to have to take certin layers of coat clothing off in certain places when in doors and also equally exciting was the fact that we would then have to dress back again appropriately observing all our disciplines with our coats and accessories. Quite a challenge in public but also a great deal of wonderful feelings and satisfaction in the process.
I did say we could perhaps talk about head gear. During cooler months we always kept our faces and heads covered to a greater or lesser extent. The cold weather procedure starts with a white viscose style scarf around the neck covering the mouth and secured tightly at the back of the neck. We then added a leather motorcycle face mask to cover the mouth and nose.
Next was a white rubber ladies swimming cap with a strong chin strap that kept everthing firmly in place. The last item was a full face balaclava with the lower end located and held inside the collar of the the first riding coat which of course was then fully adjusted with the storm collar, chin strap, then the leg straps and finally the tummy pad to take the coat skirt up to a comfortable position between the legs. This tummy pad was attached via a small buckle with a series of tension holes in a material strip fixed from under each coat arm hole position inside the coat. A simple but fantastic design feature which provides complete coat protection and is recommended in any similar riding coat design you may like to consider as a special feature. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. It works well and is extremely comfortable fully adjusted.
On top of that goes the outer riding coat with a similar set of features and fixings which then makes this a real experience not to be missed.
Colour has a direct impact I think on what you feel immediately for types of coat and mac material and a personal preference in coat and accessory designs include off-white for the riding mac, black shiny for SBR with some fawn and burgundy products to cater for different needs and dressing requirements.
As a personal preference the heavy materials work best and help to provide the warmth, security and those great restricive and restrained feelings that are a major part of successful coat disciplines.
Aroma and touch is also special and very personal and what excites goes----it is rather like wine, drink a glass and enjoy.
We had an old off-white ladies traditional riding mac made in beautiful double texture material. That mac has been tremendous and given hours of pleaure wearing it and it has played its full part in our strict dressing code.
The letters in the Riding Mac section of the Rainwear Club are living proof of this tremendous garment. In particular Fiona Hathersage and her week in Wales is much more than exciting. Wearing two macs is well worth doing to provide the best effects and give the greatest pleasure possible whether riding or walking. Take note of Camilla, the stable owner, who is well versed in adjusting riding coats correctly and she has extra mac material attached to her coat skirt to take up between her legs and keep her dry and warm. We all need to do things correctly!
Lorraine, I should probably stop rambling right now. Your website is an art and when you think you have read most things something else jumps out. It is real treasure and I look forward to seeing a lot more of it and perhaps chatting with some fellow travellers along the way.
Great to have your letter - many thanks!